The Paradox of Missing Antimatter

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Euan McLean

Euan is a PhD student with the particle theory department in Glasgow University. He studies ways to simulate the behaviour of fundamental particles using a supercomputer.

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  1. How is an electron created?
    My hypothesis about the smallest building blocks in the Universe.
    As the universe may be assumed to have originally been a chargeless vacuum which is an electrical instability, the whole universe would spontaneously be made of electron-positron pair production.
    These elementary particles, electrons and positrons annihilate (cancel out) each other and are recreated the whole time, particles that are constantly made and destroyed. No energy is required to make an electron-positron pair in a chargeless vacuum, the negative particle has the same amount of negative energy and mass as the mass and energy of the positive particle, a zero sum game. If there is a disturbance in the pair production process the positrons or electrons accelerate, create a form of spin and to a large extent all this electrical charge is transferred into kinetic energy. This unleashes a kind of chain reaction which means that parts of the Universe develop very quickly. If the quark spin made by positrons, matter is created. The mass of the proton, which consists of two up quarks and one down quark, is 1836 me (electron mass) and the mass of the neutron, which consists of two down quarks and one up quark, is 1839 me. For each proton and neutron created an equal number of electrons remain as the number of positrons in the mass created. The electrons become the “atmosphere” of the space.

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